Men's Basketball

No. 4 Villanova vs. Georgetown Post Game Quotes

Jan. 20, 2015

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Georgetown 78, Villanova 58
Washington, D.C. - Verizon Center
Monday, January 20, 2015

Georgetown University Head Coach John Thompson III

On Georgetown's defensive effort in the first half...

Our defensive effort throughout the game, but particularly in the first half, was outstanding. I thought our guys did a very good job without fouling and being aggressive without over extending. They did a good job of packing it in and protecting each other, but they were still sprinting out on their shooters. (Villanova) is a very good offensive team. They didn't have their best night. That's a team that puts you in a bind in so many ways and I think they had an off night. I mean we had a lot to do with them having an off night, but they weren't at their best.

On limiting Villanova to under 10 assists...

I think that's just how the stars were aligned today. I think that's a function of our defense being quick with our rotations, our second and third rotations and taking away the looks they normally get. We did a good job of sharing the ball most of the game.

On Georgetown's depth...

Our depth helped us. I'm not sure how it affected them. We have guys that can come in with no drop off, so we can sustain that like we did today.

On Georgetown 17-0 run in the first half...

I can't remember. I look at it differently in that that was as good a defensive stretch as we've had in a very long time. I think our defensive is what dictated the game throughout the game and got us to where we took that lead in the first half. When our offense got sluggish in the second half our defense held on.

On Isaac Copeland's performance...

Isaac is doing his job. He's a good basketball player and he's playing well.

On Jabril Trawick's performance...

Once again, I feel about this game like I felt about the Butler game. (Jabril) made it happen. His effort, his energy, he's getting beat up out there and he comes in, not necessarily scoring baskets, but making plays at the defensive end, on the boards, making passes at the offensive end. Even in the first half I think Jabril and (Aaron Bowen) got us going defensively...It's two outstanding games in a row. It was a selfless game making plays that might not show up on this sheet right here.

On the mindset when Villanova cut the lead to 12 points...

The mindset was let's get Jabril back in the game.

On Georgetown fans storming the court...

The kids, the fans, the students watch a lot of TV. They're excited so they storm the court, I probably wish that they hadn't done that, but they watch a lot of TV.

On the quality of teams in the BIG EAST... This is going to sound like a recording because I've said this at the end of the last couple of games, but the quality of the league, of teams, is superior. Regardless of who's number one and who's number 10 you have to show up to play. If you had a bad day, you could have a bad defeat no matter who you're playing. This league was built for basketball, it's the heart and soul of these institutions and every team is good. I'm not sure what it says about us, we have to quickly forget and gain confidence, grow from, learn from and play just as well when we go on the road on Saturday.

On Georgetown's hot first half shooting...

We were so good on defense that it spilled over on offense. We got similar shots to what we've had in the past they just went in tonight.


Senior Forward Jabril Trawick

On the mindset after Villanova cut the lead to 12 and not letting them get into a rhythm...

I think that last time we were up here you asked me what we wanted to do against Villanova and I told you that we just have to come out and play Georgetown basketball and that's what we did today.

His thoughts on how the freshmen class is performing...

This was expected out of them as soon as they got on campus. You guys asked us about them earlier and I told everyone that they were capable of playing big for us and that's what they're doing right now.

On the contact that caused him to sit out a portion of the game...

I got hit in the eye and it bothered me for a little bit, but I'm fine.

On playing against a team from his hometown...

I know that we needed to get a win against them. It had been a while since we beat them, and so that was just the mindset, we just wanted to get this win because we knew it was a big game for us.


Freshman Forward Isaac Copeland

On his confidence coming into the game after his performance versus Butler ... It had something to do with it, but obviously we just came out as a team and played great today, so it was a team effort.

On what was working well for him and the offense during the 17-0 Georgetown run...

They say that defense translates to offense so obviously we kept them from scoring baskets and we got open shots on our end. That helped us out and it worked out.


Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright

Opening Statement

I want to first congratulate Georgetown. Great game. From start to finish they were outstanding. They just played a lot better than us tonight. I don't know exactly the reason that we weren't as sharp as we normally do on our end. I know on their end, just an outstanding defensive effort. They just pounded us on the board. I know it was only eight offensive rebounds, but they all counted. A lot of those offensive rebounds were in crucial situations where we had a chance to get back in the game. Their defense created a lot of turnovers and those turnovers led to a lot of breakout baskets. They are very good in transition. I just give them a lot of credit. We have got to go back to work and keep getting better. Thank God we got time and it is still early in the season.

Did the full-court attack in the second half lead to fatigue as the game went on ...

Any time you are down that type of deficit and you are trying to press and speed up the game, you are going to get fatigued. I think you have got to give Georgetown credit for just maintaining aggressiveness with that lead. They just did a great job of continuing to drive the ball and get to the foul line and offensive rebounding. Even when we were pressing, they never got tentative.

Why was Georgetown's defense so effective, especially in the first half ...

I just think they have really good individual, one-on-one defenders. I think they did a great job of being in stance and being intense. I thought we didn't pass the ball to each other. It wasn't selfishness, it was kind of thinking we got by them when we didn't. A great example is the last play by Darrun Hilliard. (He) goes to the rim, it looks like he's got an open (shot), and they come in and block the shot. They are very athletic and long, so you have got to be smarter than just trying to beat guys one-on-one. But they kind of sucker you into that. I think that is part of their defense, they are very good at that.

Was Georgetown's 17-0 run as good a run that a team has put up on Villanova in a while ...

Definitely. And it was mostly in transition. Just kicking the ball ahead and going to the rim. We are stepping in, trying to get charges and they are getting And-Ones, they are getting offensive rebounds. And then it was turnover, missed shot, long rebound and go, go. It was impressive. They were very impressive in transition.

How hard is it to defend Georgetown's transition, with them being able to run four guys ...

I think they are a really good team. I think the skill level at every position makes it very difficult to play. But also the athleticism and speed in transition makes it difficult. Their defense, the press didn't hurt us, the halfcourt, aggressive, blocking shots, smacking at balls, creating the turnovers that were in the halfcourt. Every time JayVaughn Pinkston drove the ball, they just attacked him and that turned into baskets on the other end.

On the consideration of going to a zone defense ...

Yeah, except that we got down. It was definitely part of our thought process going in, but when we got down, we got down so quick, I didn't want to take away our aggressiveness.

On the matchups of the bigs ...

We started (Daniel) Ochefu on (Joshua) Smith in the first half and we had (JayVaughn) Pinston on (Mikael) Hopkins to start. But we alternate those guys at the five spot. We wanted to get some different looks on him. [Smith] was great tonight, and passing the ball too. Really good. He was really very effective. He only has two assists, but he kicked it out a couple of times where they were going to the rim and got fouled, so he doesn't get an assist for that. But he was a handful.

On his confidence of getting back into the game when the deficit reached 12 ...

Yeah. Every time we got it to 12 or 13, I thought we were going to win the game. Sometimes the other team, it is just their night. We get it to 12 and have the ball on the out-of-bounds play in front of us and they overturn the call. That's not going to change the game now, but it is just a crazy play right in front of you. But I did, I kept thinking that we got back that we were going to do it. That's why I say you have got to give Georgetown credit. They never got tentative with the lead, they just kept attacking and I think that is a sign of a really good team.

Does he see something in a loss like that they can work on moving forward ...

We've had some games like this, where we kind of got out of what we did, and we found ways to win it. I think we got into that mode offensively a little bit, and we played a team that we couldn't overcome. That's why I really credit [Georgetown]. We've done this before, got down, got a little sloppy offensively and we've been able to overcome it. This team was too good. This atmosphere was too good to overcome playing like that. It was sloppy, the turnovers, even defensively missing some assignments. You are not going to overcome that against these guys. I think they are playing really well.

On the parity in the BIG EAST this year ...

I don't like it tonight, but I like it a lot. I love the league. I think something really special going and I don't think it matters who is the best basketball conference in the country. We are the only basketball conference in the country and everywhere you go in this league, basketball is the main sport, all the decisions are made about basketball. Your basketball crowds, basketball cities, its really special and the teams are really good. It's not a surprise. I think we talked about this last year, anybody can win this league any year from whoever finishes 10th the year before can win the league the next year. There is not a league in the country that is like that. This is something really special

What kind of different dimension does Isaac Copeland give to Georgetown ... MP>

He gives them great length on the defensive end and he stretches the defense on the offensive end for them. He is a really good player. And, as a freshman, hitting a shot like he did against Butler and playing with the confidence that he did tonight, as I said, I think are a really good team. I love that they are a really good team. Not tonight, but for our league, I love it and it's not a surprise to any of us. I wish they weren't as good tonight, but they are and it's not a surprise. Losing is not a surprise. The way we played was a surprise. We come down here with great respect for them, knowing this is going to be a battle. And everybody we play in this league, when you go on the road, we know you can get beat on the road in this league. You can get beat at home in this league. They just really played well tonight. I think you saw the best of them and give them credit.

On the state of the Georgetown-Villanova rivalry after tonight's game ...

Not much of a rivalry right now. We have got to see what we do against them next time. (We have) got to see if we can get those tough games, close games. They kicked us pretty good tonight. There is great respect between the two schools. I think there is a great respect between the two programs for a long time. John (Thompson III) and I have great respect for each other. We recruit against each other. We play really different styles. It is a great rivalry, it really is. We have to make it a good one next game.


Junior Guard Ryan Arcidiacono

Did Georgetown surprise Villanova ...

No. Coming into this game we knew they were a very good team and we definitely didn't overlook them or anything like that. They just came out and played harder than us and they were just more aggressive than us. Every loose ball, they were flying at the offensive glass. We were getting some good shots offensively but they definitely the better team tonight.

On taking more 3-pointers in second half. Was it just being open, or trying to get back in the game ...

No. I think Dylan (Ennis) found me a couple of times. After I made a few, I was definitely being more aggressive, but that was just in the flow of things. I wasn't trying to take over the game, because we had to try to take over the game defensively and we just weren't able to get over the hump of 14-, 12-point deficit. They always seemed to get an offensive rebound and one big play. So, that was just in the flow of the offense.

On Trawick affecting the game after coming back from injury ...

I didn't even see him get hurt. He's a great defender, a great on-ball defender. He just plays with great energy on both sides of the floor.

Did Georgetown's start, the way they shot the ball, surprise them at all ...

No. Coming into the game, we knew they were capable of that and they had some good shooters on their team. The problem with them making the shots is they were getting wide open ones. And for us, defensively playing Villanova basketball, we want to make them take tough shots and make tough shots. They were getting some pretty wide-open shots and they are a really good team and you are going to expect them to make their shots. That kind of affected us. We just weren't playing hard enough to contest shots overall.


Sophomore Guard Josh Hart

On coming home and playing such a physical game and was it frustrating ... Maybe a little bit, but I think it is just not sticking to what we do. I think we need to stick to what we a little bit more and stick to Villanova basketball. We can't dictate anything but our effort. I think if anything was really frustrating, it was just the effort.

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